Day 239: ACϟDC – Back in Black

25 Oct

Shoot to Thrill

Like that little lightning bolt up yonder?  Yeah, I’m proud of that too.

It was only a matter of time. I was finally assigned some ACϟDC (yes, I’ll be using the lightning bolt for the entirety of this post) for Dad Rock Tuesday.  Honestly, there’s not too much to be said about a record like Back in Black.  An album this iconic, this well known, and this old, has already been analyzed and examined in about every possible way. This post is destined to add to the white noise.  But that’s never stopped me before, so let’s get this a’rolling.

Here’s a little (probably unnecessary) history lesson.  Back in Black was ACϟDC’s first release after the death of their first singer, Bon Scott.  While the remaining band members considered calling it quits, they decided to replace Scott, and dedicate this release to him.  That doesn’t mean they stopped being ACϟDC, though.  You think that perhaps a band would come back with a somber, morose release after the death of their front man?  The band that brought you both She’s Got Balls and Big Balls was not about to serious-up.

The hilarious thing to me about this record is the varying level of subtlety that the guys employ with their music.  Track six is called Givin the Dog a Bone (which scores fairly high on ACϟDC’s enigma scale), while the very next song is titled Let Me Put My Love Into You.  Yeah.

13-year-old crudeness aside, this album is home to iconic numbers like Hells Bells, You Shook Me All Night Long, and the title track, of course.  Regardless of my thoughts on this type of music, there’s no denying that this stuff has made a huge mark not just on rock, but on music as a whole.  Even I’ll admit that most of it is pretty damn catchy.

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2 Responses to “Day 239: ACϟDC – Back in Black”

  1. B. Frank October 25, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

    Wouldn’t feel like a Sox game without these guys…

  2. Yuanny Dollar October 26, 2011 at 4:21 am #

    So, Mr. Ear, you don’t want to jump into the Bon Scott/Brian Johnson debate. Bon Scott by a mile. As for the “13-year-old crudeness”, at least Angus doesn’t try to dress it up as art. He still wears the uniform of a school boy.

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